About

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Ryan and Julianne

Through many varied experiences in work and ministry in my late teens and early twenties, I discovered a passion for business management and operations. Since then, it has been a race to learn all I can, find simplicity in the complex, and meet the ever growing challenges of business in the 21st century. My basic presuppositions and values about business spring out of my relationship with Christ and the teachings of the Bible.

I am currently CEO and co-founder at CollegePlus and this is my personal hobby-blog. I write about leadership, management, operations, and common business problems. I strive to make every post simple, practical, and actionable. Thanks for taking a look!

I am a big believer in quality over quantity and like you, my schedule is full so I typically limit my posts to once every 1-2 weeks.

A few of the posts I’m most proud of so far include:
Increase Your Influence with the Boss Man
The Meeting Before the Meeting
Focus is About Saying No

Julianne and I make our home in San Antonio, TX with our 5 little ones. Please connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn and be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post.

-RPY

 

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Ryan, I am looking for information on how to make it in today’s economy. I am a 62 year old single woman with a BS degree in Agriculture from the 1970’s and have been a learner all my life. I was an active stay-at-home mom (homeschooled my boys including writing lessons, was a leader for 4-H and Cub Scouts, etc). I am proficient in various computer applications. I have been working but don’t feel I am using my talents to the most and am not earning a livable wage. Do you have any suggestions how I can improve my career situation? Thank you.

    • Another book recommendation – So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport.

      A summary from the book:
      – Find an area of work that is valuable to other people (something people are willing to pay well for)
      – Get really good at it (purposefully, constantly stretching your comfort zone)

      This isn’t necessarily quick or easy, but it puts you in a position of power. You are valuable (because you’re so good at what they need), and they will need you more than you need them. There’s no problem making a liveable wage at that point.

  2. Lindy – Thanks for your question. It is a good one and one that I could never do justice through a simple written reply. WIthout knowing the details of your situation, I can only offer general advice and then refer you to some awesome resources. For most people, it seems that the vocational opportunity you desire comes at the intersection of three things: 1. purpose and passion 2.God given talents and experience and 3. Finding a need someone is willing to pay you to fill.

    Some resources I would recommend for further discovery designed to bring that alignment are: 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller, The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman, and The One Thing by Gary Keller.

    I don’t pretend to be giving you a full answer here. The path ahead will likely be filled with twists and turns, but you are definitely asking the right questions! Keep it up and may God bless you!

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